A word that describes me is:
Wooly. Because I love wool sweaters, wool knitting yarn, needle-felted wool toys, sheepskin rugs, etc. Love love love winter!
My favourite word is:
Oh, how to pick just one. How about this: raunchy. It’s got such a great crispy sound, yet the meaning is so grubby and smutty.
My least favourite word is:
A tie between mischievous and irregardless. Because it’s NOT mis-chee-vee-ous, and somehow I don’t think people are really trying for a double negative. Maybe people think they can make themselves sound better or more educated by adding random syllables.
Use these two words in a sentence:
Irregardless of his politial persuasion, the mischievous blogger felt no compunction about posting raunchy pictures of the senator.
A word I have to think twice about pronouncing is:
Cavalry. I always want to say Calvary, and I’m pretty sure there were no mounted units with Jesus at the Crucifixion. (Though that reminds me of the funniest line from Love, Actually: “We’ve been given our parts in the nativity play. And I’m the lobster.”)
Dictionaries. Printed or online?
Printed. I rely on The New Oxford American Dictionary, though it would end up at the thrift store in 2 seconds if I could ever afford the ginormous, amazing Oxford English Dictionary (and a house big enough for it). Now on sale for only $850.00 for the 20-volume set!!
A word whose meaning I cannot seem to retain no matter how many times I look it up is …
Sesquipedalian: adj., given to or characterized by the use of long words, a word with many syllables. Not a very useful word unless you’re trying to sound overly erudite. Si hoc legere scis nimium eruditiones habes!
Open a dictionary to a random page and find a word you don’t know. Post the word and its meaning.
farruca: n., Spanish. A type of flamenco dance.
Use the word and the word you can never remember in a sentence.
She was too breathless from dancing the farruca to respond to her partner’s sesquipedalian conversation.
One of the most overused words in my area of work/study is …
Poop. We’re potty training.